Our caring and compassionate veterinary care team!

Meet the Veterinarians & Team of Midway Animal Hospital in Homosassa! We’re pleased to provide exceptional vet care for your pets!

Please call us at 352-795-7110 to speak to one of our caring veterinary staff members!

Robin Dearden, DVM – Owner

Education: University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine
Interests: Ultrasound, endoscopy, endocrine disorders

Dr. Dearden graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. After being an associate veterinarian for a number of years and developing a wonderful clientele, she purchased the practice from Dr. K.C. Nayfield. Since becoming a veterinarian at Midway Animal Hospital, she has developed special interests in internal medicine and abdominal ultrasonograghy. She is married and has a handsome son. She also shares her home with a Bullmastiff and a Lab mix.

K.C. Nayfield, DVM – Orthopedic Veterinarian

Education: Florida State University
Interests: Orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, endoscopy

Dr. Nayfield opened Midway Animal Hospital in July 1982. His special interests are general surgery, orthopedic surgery, knee surgery, fracture repairs and endoscopy. He has even designed original orthopedic hardware, which debuted at the Annual Conference for the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He also does charitable works, including traveling to impoverished areas in the Bahamas and Cuba to spay and neuter the feral animals there, trying to help control the pet population. He received his B.S. in 1974 Cum Laude from F.S.U., M.S. in Veterinary Physiology from U.F. in 1975 and his DVM at UF in 1980. He is happily married to his wife, Marybeth, and has two sons, Kyle and Cory.  His professional website is www.kcnayfielddvm.com.

Amanda Thomas, DVM – Associate Veterinarian

Education: Western University of Health Science
Interests: Internal Medicine, Surgery

Dr. Thomas grew up in Cocoa, Florida, a rural community which exposed her to wildlife in her own back yard. She spent much of her childhood trying to save animals ranging from rabbits to reptiles.

Dr. Thomas completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Florida, and earned her doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Western University of Health Sciences. She spent time working at the University of Florida in research, and volunteered with a nearby horse retirement farm and local humane societies.

Dr. Thomas is a valued member of the Midway Animal Hospital Team. Her professional interests include internal medicine, dermatology, and radiology. She is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association and Florida Veterinary Medical Association.

When she is not working hard, Dr. Thomas enjoys camping, traveling, nature walks, watching movies or hanging out with her friends and family, she is also a talented artist who enjoys painting. She is a pet parent to a Blue Fronted Amazon Parrot named Angel and a Yellow-Bellied Slider Turtle named Jypsy.

John Peterlin, DVM – Associate Veterinarian

Dr. Peterlin has been an important part of Midway’s evolution, he is well known and respected by our pets, clients and team members for his dedication and thorough knowledge. His patience is something that stands out to everyone. Dr. Peterlin currently sees patients on most Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Stacie – Hospital Management and Lead Technician

Stacie joined the Midway team back in 2002. She enjoys living on a farm with her husband, horses, goats, Dobermans, cats and chickens. Stacie is very creative and enjoys traveling, boating, fishing, horseback riding, nature and spending time with family and friends. “I love being a part of our Midway family.” Her leadership to our team is above and beyond. If there is help needed, Stacie is always there jumping into whatever situation she’s needed. She plays a very big role behind the scenes here at Midway and we are so appreciative of the hard work and dedication she brings to the team.

Danielle – Hospital Management and Inventory Manager

Danielle joined the Midway team in 1994. She has grown along with the practice and has joined our management team. She is a talented veterinary technician and continually helps provide guidance and support to our veterinary technician team. She knew from a very young age that she wanted to work with animals. Her passion has always been senior pet rescue. She really enjoys spending time outside of work with her wonderful husband and their two beautiful children.

Laura, CVT – Client Service Lead

Laura graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Veterinary Technology. She started her technician career in Wisconsin in mixed animal practice, then transitioned to equine-only clinics. After a few years, she moved to veterinary product sales. She is happy to now be back where she started, working with the owners and patients here at Midway Animal Hospital. In her spare time, she loves to garden and tend to her flowers.

Amie – Client Services

Amie joined the Midway team in April 2012. You can find her as you walk in our doors, working reception. She is always smiling and making our guests feel welcome. She really enjoys working with everyone because: “We all take pride in what we do and the staff treats you like family.” She enjoys animals and all wildlife. Seeing our clients leave happy knowing their pet has been well taken care of makes her happy! She has a daughter she adores with all her heart. In her spare time,  she loves to go out on the boat, whether it be fishing, snorkeling, or soaking up the sun and enjoying life to the fullest every day!

Lisa – Client Services

Lisa joined the Midway team as a receptionist in May of 2013. She decided to work at Midway after being a client, she appreciated how everyone at Midway really cared for her and her pets. Since becoming a team member she enjoys how well everyone gets along and works together for a common goal. She has a background and degree in Culinary Arts and served as a private chef for 4 years before returning to Citrus County from Sarasota. She now lives in Homosassa with her boyfriend Dale. Her pets include 6 Rhode Island Reds and a rabbit named Oreo.

Kristy – Client Services

Kristy is one of our awesome receptionists. You can find Kristy when you are ready to check out, she is always there to make sure our clients leave happy.  She is happily married and has a beautiful daughter, Ella. She enjoys having fun family outings with her three Labrador Retrievers, Morgan, Finnley and Macie.

Doreen – Technician

Doreen is our lab guru, and has been at Midway for many years. She joined the Midway team in 2002. She has three children, one grandson and a granddaughter on the way. She enjoys going camping, boating, playing softball, bowling and working with animals. Doreen has a very important role here at Midway making sure our lab is running strong. We are also very proud and grateful that Doreen’s son serves in our US Military, so thank you to him and all of our wonderful military!

Cheryl – Technician

Cheryl joined the Midway team as a technician in 2014. She has become a reassuring, familiar presence to many of our long time patients. Cheryl moved to Florida from Delaware with her husband to enjoy our beautiful outdoor weather and activities. Cheryl says; “I’m one of those lucky people who get to do what they love every day; working with animals and the people who love them- there’s nothing better.”

Annie – Surgery Technician

Annie came to us from sunny St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands. She is a very important part of our surgical team. Annie is a talented and versatile veterinary technician with over 23 years of experience in patient care, surgery and dentistry. You can find Annie in our surgical unit assisting our doctors with surgeries. Annie’s team work and communication skills go above and beyond. She has such an amazing ability to blend into any situation. Annie has two dogs, Azul and Tres, and a cat named Toogie, all rescues!

Sara, CVT – Technician

Sara is a Certified Veterinary Technician who has years of experience and knowledge behind her. She can be found in our treatment area, surgical unit and often in our patient rooms. Sara has two beautiful daughters and a wonderful husband with whom she loves spending her time. She is also a great pet mommy, always going above and beyond for her fur babies. She is a huge asset to our team and we love the knowledge and confidence she brings.

Debbie – Surgery Tech

Debbie was drawn to the field of Veterinary Medicine because of her passion for animals. You will find Debbie working in our surgical unit beside doctors like Dr. Nayfield during orthopedic surgeries. Debbies knowledge and passion is a huge asset to our surgical team. She loves her awesome son who also follows her passion for animals.

Jessica –  Technician

Jessica has been with us since 2017. She’s been a tech for over 4 years. Watching Jessica interact with our patients we’ve noticed that she brings a special gift of calmness when working in any stressful situation. She has a lot of knowledge and experience that has helped her become a very important part of our team. She loves horseback riding with her family and is a wonderful mother to her amazing son. Jessica’s special interest are working in dentistry and wildlife. You will see Jessica in a number of roles here at midway as she is very knowledgeable in all our departments.

Christian  –  Technician

Christian has been with us since January 2018. He has been a Veterinary Technician for over 10 years. Christian brings a lot of valuable experience to our team here at Midway. He is a awesome family man and recently had a little girl of his own! He has also traveled all over the world and in his free time he does professional photography. His favorite place to travel is Paris!! (who’s isnt?) You will find Christian, performing professional dental cleanings, working our rooms, pharmacy and helping to answer any questions you may have when visiting our hospital. Were very happy to have Christian and the knowledge and fun he brings to the team.

Megan  – Veterinary Technician

Megan has been a technician since 2000. Megan is a serious Game of Thrones fan and LOVES cats! She has 4 of her own and does rescue work to help feral cat colonies. Her work specialties she enjoys are surgery and dentistry. On her days off she loves being a Florida girl and go fishing and horse back riding. She is also quite the artist! On her free time she loves to work on her artist skills. Megan brings a lot of knowledge to our team. You will see her working our rooms with our clients and pets as well as other departments here at Midway.

Ozzy – House Cat & Blood Donor

 

Ozzy aka Ozz man has been the ruler of the roost since he came to us in February of 2011. He loves to get into things and make all kinds of friends. His favorite thing is drinking running water out of the faucet and playing with paper balls. Ozzy is living the good life here as a blood donor cat. His purpose is to step in take action and save a life if the situation arose.

Keeper – Hospital Dog & Blood Donor

 

Keeper is our awesome blood donor dog! Keeper came to us as a rescue in 2012 from the racetrack. You can see him occasionally busting out his moves and running laps around the yard. He loves attending morning rounds with the team that loves him so much. He is super spoiled with love and treats and especially loves peanut butter. Keeper is a special kind of hero for giving his blood to help others survive. We love our Keeper Grand !